Odor investigation at Fairborn Senior Apartments ends; Cause not found

Published: Monday, April 09, 2018 @ 5:48 PM
Updated: Monday, April 09, 2018 @ 8:33 PM

Fire crews are investigating a suspicious odor reported at the Fairborn Senior Apartments complex, where approximately 80 people live.

UPDATE @ 8:35 p.m.: Residents relocated because of the odor investigation have been allowed to return to their apartments as the investigation has ended, Fairborn Battalion Chief Adam Howard said.

The shelter-in-place order has been ended as well.

Howard said that while investigators were working on the theory that drug use was the source of the odor, they were not able to establish a definitive cause of the odor.

The woman who lives in the apartment where the odor was first reported is staying in the building with someone else, the chief said.

UPDATE @ 6:25 p.m.: Approximately 20 third-floor residents at the Fairborn Senior Apartments have been moved to a church sanctuary because of the continuing investigation involving an odor in the building, Fairborn Fire Battalion Chief Adam Howard said. 

There are approximately 90 units in the building, 221 N. Central Ave., the battalion chief said, and 16 to 20 third-floor units have been affected. That’s one wing of the facility, which Howard said has six wings. Everyone else has been asked to shelter in place.

The church sanctuary is at the rear of the apartment building, a converted school building.

“Anytime we’re dealing with  an unknown odor or an unknown cause, it’s a strange situation,” Howard said.

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There have been no complaints from any of the residents moved from the affected area, and no complaints from fire personnel who have come in contact with the odor, he said.

Chief Howard said a Wright-Patterson Air Force Base hazardous materials unit has been sent to the scene with detection equipment, along with members of the Greene County ACE Task Force. 

The task force officers are checking whether the source of the odor may be cooked narcotics, the chief said.

“There is still an opportunity that we may have to evacuate this entire building,” Chief Howard said.


Residents at the Fairborn Senior Living Apartments, 221 N. Central Ave., have been moved to a common area in the converted school house where they live because of an odor reported on the third floor.

Fire crews with Fairborn and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base were dispatched just after 4:30 p.m. on a report of an unknown odor.

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There is an ambulance on scene but there are no reports of any injury. 

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Statehouse candidates answer voter questions in Montgomery County

Published: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 10:48 PM

Ohio House candidates debate

Four primary election state lawmaker candidates took questions during a forum of panelists from WHIO Radio and Dayton Daily News and offered south Montgomery County voters a chance to talk with candidates in Miamisburg on Monday. 

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Three Republicans and one Democrat weighed in on key issues ahead of the May primary, according to News Center 7 Reporter Sean Cudahy.

Democrat candidate Zach Dickerson called for bipartisanship. His primary opponent, Autumn Kern, was not at the forum.

The Republican candidates discussed taxes, Medicaid and schools. All of the candidates answered questions regarding gun control.

“We’ve made their jobs difficult enough by giving them so many restrictions,” Republican candidate Sarah Clark said.

“There are smarter, better ways to make our schools safer,” Dickerson said.

“I do not believe that students should be armed...in any capacity,” Republican candidate Marcus Rech said.

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“Right now, it’s up to each community and that’s how I think it should be,” State Rep. Niraj Antani, R-Miamisburg, said.

The forum was organized by the Dayton League of Women Voters who said they think it’s important for people to know where the candidates stand.

The primary election is set for May 8. 

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Showers will continue to linger through Tuesday

Published: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 3:34 AM
Updated: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 11:30 PM

Rain showers are expected today in the Dayton area.

>> Live Doppler 7 Interactive Radar


  • On and off showers tonight
  • Temperatures holding below average
  • Temps on the rise again late week

>> 5-Day Forecast


OVERNIGHT: Skies will be mostly cloudy with a chance for passing showers. There will be some dry time as well. Temperatures will drop back to near 50 degrees by morning.

TUESDAY: Clouds will linger with a chance for passing showers through the day. Temperatures will be held below average with highs holding in the upper 50s.

>> County-by-County Weather 

WEDNESDAY:  There is a chance for a few showers early in the morning with clouds slowly breaking into the afternoon. Highs will be in the upper 50s.

THURSDAY: Skies will become mostly sunny. Temperatures are expected to rebound into the lower 60s.

FRIDAY: Clouds will increase with a chance for passing showers in the afternoon into the early evening. Highs will reach into the lower 60s.

SATURDAY: Clouds will break with mostly sunny skies by late afternoon. Temperatures will hold in the lower 60s.

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Police looking for suspect in nail salon robbery in Dayton

Published: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 10:05 PM

Police are looking for the suspect accused of breaking into Venus Nail and robbing the salon in Dayton Monday.

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A police report stated surveillance video showed a male holding a pry bar and forcing the front door open to the nail salon located at 1070 Patterson Rd. around 3:30 a.m.

The man was seen on video taking the money from inside a drawer and running out of the front door, according to the report. An undisclosed amount of money was reported missing.

The suspect was wearing a black coat, a hoodie over his head and possibly gloves.

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Red Cross to install free smoke alarms in Dayton area homes

Published: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 8:33 PM

The American Red Cross and its partners want to install 850 free, working smoke alarms in Dayton area homes as part of its nationwide campaign effort to reduce the number of deaths and injuries from home fires.

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The American Red Cross, Rebuilding Together Dayton, the Dayton Fire Department and others will hold a home fire safety and smoke alarm installation event April 28 from 9:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Job and Family Services located at 1111 S. Edwin C. Moses Blvd. in Dayton, according to Cory Paul of the American Red Cross Dayton Area Chapter.

Trained volunteers will go to the Carillion neighborhood the same day to install free smoke alarms and help families with a fire escape plan from 9:30 a.m until 3 p.m., Paul said.

“The goal of the campaign is to reduce the number of home fire deaths and injuries by 25 percent. To make this impact, we must start locally,” Paul said.

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Seven people die per day due to home fires across the country, with 60 percent of deaths occurring because of no or nonworking smoke alarms, according to Paul.

The Dayton Area Chapter Red Cross is a non-profit organization that has helped thousands of people affected by local disasters for over 100 years.

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